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Local Director    |     239-790-5860, ext. 1

Nathan serves as the Local Director for the Southwest chapter and began volunteering with CEF at the age of 12. Nathan is passionate about equipping others on how to share the Gospel in an impactful and engaging way. He and his wife Jessica have four wonderful children: Eleanor, Timothy, Hazel, Charlotte. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys reading, board games, and sports. 



Ministry Coordinator, Charlotte County     |     239-790-5860, ext. 2

Jim recently began his role with CEF after retiring from a career in radio broadcasting.  Since that time, he has served with the Deep Creek Good News Club, and worked for several years with the Sky Family YMCA as an after-school counselor and summer camp group leader.  Jim and his wife Linda spent many years helping with teen youth groups at their church in Illinois, and also enjoyed being on the praise team, with Jim on drums and Linda in the sound booth.   They currently attend New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte.  Jim and Linda enjoy traveling, and their best trips were to Tanzania, Ecuador, and Honduras to visit the children they sponsor through Compassion International.  Jim feels honored to be able to serve with the great staff and volunteers here in SW Florida as we get to take the truth, hope, and love of Jesus to the children who so desperately need to know Him.



Ministry Coordinator, DeSoto County      |     239-790-5860, ext. 4

Jacque and her husband Cris (Crescencio) live in Arcadia. Cris came from San Luis Potosi, Mexico in the 80's and Jacque came from Ft. Lauderdale in '07.

You can find Jacque making your favorite drink at Starbucks, watching soccer (football) with her husband, over her laptop working on her education degree or playing outside with her grandkids. Their favorite family thing to do is to go to the Mexican ice cream shop for paletas.

Jacque has been volunteering with Good News Club for 5 years at 6 clubs, and currently volunteers as the Ministry Coordinator of DeSoto County. One of her favorite memories is getting to share the gospel with a child in a park ministry, using the Wordless Book, after being trained at a CEF conference.



Ministry Coordinator, Palm Beach County      |     239-790-5860, ext. 5

Carrie began working with CEF at the age of 15. She loves teaching children in Good News Club, and now serves as Ministry Coordinator for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. She loves being a wife and mom. She is very busy homeschooling her 3 boys. She loves reading with her boys the most, and in her spare time enjoys traveling, swimming, reading, and relaxing with her family. 



Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) Ministry Coordinator    |     239-790-5860, ext. 6

Christina has been serving in children's ministry since she was 14 and fell in love with working in ministry when she began doing CYIA in Connecticut. Christina attended Word of Life Bible Institute for two years and then moved on to do Liberty online while working with First Alliance Church as their Children's Ministry Intern through Word of Life. Christina is very excited to see how God has brought things full circle for her from being a teen in CYIA to now getting the opportunity to lead it. Christina has a heart to see the children and teens of this generation to know Jesus, love others and live changed! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and enjoys getting to travel and explore new places.



Local Bookkeeper / Office Manager      |     239-790-5860, ext. 7

Linda has served in various capacities of youth ministry for over 30 years. She and her husband, Jim, began volunteering with Good News Club their first year snowbirding in spring of 2018. They love southwest Florida and plan to make it their permanent home, once the grandkids graduate high school up north. Linda still teaches technology online as an adjunct for the college she retired from, and is thoroughly enjoying her new role for CEF at SWFL.  In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, traveling, exercising, most all sports and is up for most any new adventure!

Our Southwest FL Team

Not pictured: Carrie Chiurato and our office mascot, Wrigley

We love our team, we love our volunteers, and we love ministering to kids in the public schools throughout our Southwest and Palm Beach Florida region.

Our newest co-office mascot, Cooper, takes the cake for cutest team member!


Ministry Coordinator, DeSoto County      |     239-790-5860, ext. 4


Stephanie McDermott, Chairwoman
Ann Dreyer, Secretary

Laurie Anderson, Treasurer
Mike Gravesen

Rob Mann

Melinda Means

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